D.C. Corrections Officer Busted for Bringing Pot to Jail

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A corrections officer at the D.C. Jail has been arrested after a drug detection dog working at the facility alerted officials to marijuana in the man’s locker.

The Washington Examiner reports Friday that officer Jonathan Womble, 26, has been charged with introducing contraband into prison.

According to a court document, a handler for the jail’s K-9 unit entered the men’s locker room on Tuesday to use the bathroom and had his drug-detection dog with him. The dog signaled that there were drugs in Womble’s locker. A second dog later confirmed the presence of drugs, and officials opened Womble’s locker.

Womble has worked at the facility since 2008. An e-mail message sent to his attorney Friday was not immediately returned. The next hearing in the case is set for March 8.

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